Ethernet is a popular platform for arbitrarily complex meshes of wireless communications or automated test systems. Innovative manufactures a variety of embedded PCs of varying sizes, ruggedization levels, computational capability and ethernet connectivity options.
Each embedded PC combines an multi-core Intel CPU running Windows/Linux. Consequently, these systems can run the identical application software, drivers and operating-systems as desktop or industrial PCs.
Illustration 3: Hyperlinked list of XMC modules compatible with ePC-Duo and ePC-Nano featuring user-programmable Xilinx FPGAs for real-time digital signal processingThe ePC-Duo provides eight-lane high-bandwidth PCIe connections to two XMC payload slots, each capable of sustained 3400 MB/s data flow. Dual, 10 Gbps ethernet ports are provided as interfaces to general or dedicated networks. ePC-K7 provides comparable functionality but in a ruggedized package with dual FMC rather than XMC sites.
ePC-Nano provides a four-lane PCIe connection to a single payload slot. A single, 1 Gbps ethernet port is provided to provide a command and control interface to general network. Mini-K7 provides comparable functionality but in a ruggedized package with single FMC rather than XMC site.
The ePC-Duo and ePC-K7 route reference clock and trigger signals to their internal modules and their front-panels, simplifying the creation of synchronous-sample systems such as phased array or beam-steering systems, software defined radios and surveillance/ communications systems which typically require wide channel counts and high inter-module bandwidth.
Illustration 4: Hyperlinked list of FMC modules compatible with ePC-K7 and Mini-K7 with Kintex FPGA for real-time digital signal processingThese ethernet solutions differ from conventional I/O cards from other vendors since each employ user-programmable FPGA(s) capable of off-loading computationally-intensive signal processing tasks from the Ethernet host CPU. Each of the XMC modules hyperlinked on Illustration 3 may be used within ePC-Duo to create an ethernet I/O solution with Xilinx FPGA whose functionality can be customized to meet application-specific, real-time signal processing requirements. Likewise, the modules hyperlinked on Illustration 4 may be used within ePC-K7/Mini-K7 or Cardsharp to create an FMC-based DSP system with ethernet connectivity.
Additionally, these products support direct inter-board communication via dedicated, front-panel QSFP connections. This provides low-latency side-band communications directly between modules, independent of the ethernet network. This is an essential capability for beam steering and coprocessing applications unique to Innovative products.